Summer 2009 reality TV schedule

The heat is setting in and American Idol and other spring shows are concluding. That means just one thing: Time for dozens of new reality series to begin. Whereas summer was once about reruns, now it’s about new, unscripted TV shows.

For shows that premiered before May 10, see the spring 2009 reality TV schedule. And the first TV broadcasts of documentaries are in the 2009 TV documentary schedule.

Times listed are ET, although as always, networks sometimes change their week-to-week schedules. For up-to-date news on more popular shows, click the [news] link that follows it.

  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey [Bravo, May 12 at 11, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Beverly Hills Groomer [Animal Planet, May 16, Saturdays at 10]
  • The Bachelorette 5 [ABC, May 18, Mondays at 9] news
  • 4th and Long [Spike, May 18, Mondays at 10]
  • So You Think You Can Dance 5 [FOX, May 21 and 27 at 8, Wednesdays at 8 and Thursdays at 9] news
  • Re-Inventing Bonaduce! [Fox Reality, May 23, Saturdays at 9]
  • Sex Decoy: Love Stings [Fox Reality, May 23, Saturdays at 10]
  • Intervention [A&E, May 25, Mondays at 9]
  • Obsessed [A&E, May 25, Mondays at 10]
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 [TLC, May 25, Mondays at 9]
  • Here Come the Newlyweds [ABC, May 25, Mondays at 10]
  • Blonde Charity Mafia [The CW, May 26, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Little Couple [TLC, May 26, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood [Oxygen, May 26, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Wipeout [ABC, May 27, Wednesdays at 8]
  • Tattoo Highway [A&E, May 27, Wednesdays at 10]
  • What Not To Wear [TLC, May 29, Fridays at 9]
  • Jesse James is a Dead Man [Spike, May 31, Sundays at 10]
  • Those Landers Girls [E!, May]
  • $250,000 Challenge [HGTV, May 31, Sundays at 10]
  • Ice Road Truckers [History, May 31, Sundays at 9] news
  • Expedition Africa: Stanley & Livingstone [History, May 31, Sundays at 10]
  • Ladette to Lady 3 [Sundance Channel, May]
  • I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! [NBC, June 1-24, Mondays through Thursdays at 8] news
  • Is Your House Killing You? [Sundance Channel, June 2, Tuesdays at 9:30]
  • Whale Wars [Animal Planet, June 5, Fridays at 9] news
  • The Next Food Network Star 5 [Food Network, June 7, Sundays at 9] news
  • Bridezillas [WE tv, June 7, Sundays at 9]
  • Kendra [E!, June 7, Sundays at 10]
  • Denise Richards: It’s Complicated [E!, June 7, Sundays at 10:30]
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List [Bravo, June 8, Mondays at 10] news
  • Top Chef Masters [Bravo, June 10, Wednesdays at 10] news
  • She’s Got The Look [TV Land, June 11, Thursdays at 9]
  • 16 & Pregnant [MTV, June 11, Thursdays at 10]
  • Hammertime [A&E, June 14, Sundays at 10]
  • Wedding Day [TNT, June 16, Tuesdays at 8]
  • The Lazy Environmentalist [Sundance Channel, June 16, Tuesdays at 9]
  • The Chopping Block [NBC, June 19, Fridays at 8]
  • The Singing Bee [CMT, June 20, Saturdays at 10]
  • Gimme Sugar [Logo, June 22, Mondays at 10]
  • America’s Got Talent 4 [NBC, June 23 and 24, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9] news
  • The Superstars [ABC, June 23, Tuesdays at 8]
  • NYC Prep [Bravo, June 23, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Dance Your Ass Off [Oxygen, June 29, Mondays at 10]
  • Tiny & Toya [BET, June 30, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Ruby [Style, July 5, Sundays at 8]
  • Great American Road Trip [NBC, July 7, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Blonde Charity Mafia [The CW, July 7 at 9, Tuesdays at 9:30]
  • I Survived a Japanese Game Show [ABC, July 8, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Ghost Hunters International [SyFy, July 8, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Big Brother 11 [CBS, July 9, Sundays at 8, Tuesdays at 9, live Thursdays at 8] news
  • Battle of the Bods 2 [Fox Reality, July 11, Saturdays at 10]
  • Miami Social [Bravo, July 14, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Extreme Loggers [Discovery, July 15, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Verminators [Discovery, July 15, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Design Star 4 [HGTV, July 19, Sundays at 10] news
  • Pawn Star$ [History, July 19, Sundays at 10]
  • Dating in the Dark [ABC, July 20, Mondays at 10]
  • Hell’s Kitchen 6 [Fox, July 21, Tuesdays at 8] news
  • Moving Up [TLC, July 21, Tuesdays at 8]
  • Real Estate Pros [TLC, July 21, Tuesdays]
  • The Colony [Discovery, July 21, Tuesdays at 10]
  • The Terrell Owens Project [VH1, July 27, Mondays at 10]
  • Making His Band news [MTV, July 27, Mondays at 10]
  • More to Love [Fox, July 28, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood [Oxygen, July 28, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Holidate [SOAPnet, July 29, Wednesdays at 10]
  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta [Bravo, July 30, Tuesdays at 10] news
  • Face the Ace [NBC, Aug. 1 and 8 at 9, continues in Sept.]
  • Megan Wants a Millionaire [VH1, Aug. 2, Sundays at 9]
  • Tool Academy 2 [VH1, Aug. 2, Sundays at 10]
  • Real Chance of Love: Back in the Saddle [VH1, Aug. 3, Mondays at 9]
  • Big Ideas for a Small Planet [Sundance Channel, Aug. 4, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Addicted to Beauty [Oxygen, Aug. 4, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Giuliana & Bill [Style, August 5, Wednesdays at 9]
  • How’d You Get So Rich? [TV Land, Aug. 5, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Police Women of Broward County [TLC, Aug. 6, Thursdays at 9]
  • Chefs vs. City [Food Network, Aug. 7, Fridays at 10]
  • Split Ends 5 [Style, Aug. 8, Saturdays at 9]
  • There Goes the Neighborhood [CBS, Aug. 9, Sundays at 9] news
  • Shark Tank [ABC, Aug. 9, Sundays at 9; Tuesdays at 8 as of Sept. 29]
  • Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew 4 [MTV, Aug. 9, Sundays at 9]
  • Swords [Discovery, Aug. 11, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Daddy’s Girls [MTV, Aug. 11, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Man vs. Wild [Discovery, Aug. 12, Wednesdays at 9] news
  • Truth Be Told [TLC, Aug. 12, Wednesdays at 9]
  • Hard knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals [HBO, Aug. 12, Wednesdays at 10]
  • Into the Pride [Animal Planet, Aug. 13, Thursdays at 8]
  • American Loggers [Discovery, Aug. 13, Thursdays at 9]
  • Househusbands of Hollywood [Fox Reality, August 15, Saturdays at 9]
  • Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami [E!, August 16, Sundays at 10]
  • Reality Hell [E!, August 16, Sundays at 10:30]
  • 2 Months, $2 Million [G4, August 16, Sundays at 9]
  • Shaq Vs. [ABC, Aug. 18, Tuesdays at 9]
  • Flipping Out [Bravo, Aug. 18, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Masters of Reception [TLC, Aug. 18, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Secret Lives of Women [WEtv, Aug. 18, Tuesdays at 10]
  • Ghost Hunters [SyFy, Aug. 19, Wednesdays at 9]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.